We’ve just received advanced notification that the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) intends to make changes to the policy for AT service diving medicals. This is likely to appear in the next version of BR1750A which should be published in Autumn 2014.
The change has been driven by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and will bring AT service diving medicals fully into line with the Diving at Work Regulations (DWR). Specifically it will remove the exemption that currently exists for some AT divers to have an annual health surveillance check rather than a full physical examination.
The INM intend to allow grandfather rights, i.e divers will only need the full medical when their current medical expires.
Final point is that this is advanced warning and not current policy as the revised BR1750A has not yet been published. We’ll notify everyone when it comes online.
The INM is aware of the difficulties some medical centres have in conducting service medicals for all those who need them. One piece of good news is that the HSE have allowed the MoD to use locum doctors who are in date for the standard underwater medicine course to conduct military AT medicals. This will increase the pool of doctors who are able to conduct medicals and should reduce the difficulties that medical centres face. Once again this change will be promulgated in the revised version of BR1750A.